Making my way downtown…
And ONLY seeing fast food options.
You want to feed your family the right foods — but you are noticing your wallet keeps getting lighter with each grocery trip.
Here’s the thing — you CAN get healthy, whole foods on a budget.
It just takes a few adjustments…
Meal Prep And Planning
Where are my organizers at?!
The BEST thing you can do to eat well and save a little cash is to plan.
If you’re saying you don’t have time for this — think again. Wandering around a store will only lead to wasted time, money, and unhealthy food choices.
Planning is 100% the way to go!
Budgets And Deals
One of the best things to come from modern technology is not having to clip coupons from a newspaper. Some of you may remember doing this — and some of you have no idea what I’m talking about.
Hours of flipping through pages, cutting out, and stacking up little pieces of “$1 Off” paper coupons are (mostly) a thing of the past.
Sure, you can find the occasional physical coupon — but most deals are now digital.
A few tips when it comes to deals…
➤ Compare Prices Of Different Stores
➤ Shop On Sale Days
➤ Download Apps (and set up alerts!)
➤ Sale Prices Aren’t Always The Cheapest Prices
➤ Buy Off-Brand
➤ Sign Up For Loyalty Cards
➤ Shop In Season
It takes a little investigative planning — but you WILL see a difference in your grocery bill.
Fresh vs Frozen
Buying frozen food is a dream...
✔ It Lasts A Long Time
✔ It’s Easy To Prep
✔ It Helps With Meal Planning
✔ It Makes Healthy Food Accessible
But don’t worry — you don’t onlyhave to shop in the frozen section.
✔ Are Lower In Price When In Season
✔ Are Healthy, Easy Grab-And-Go Options
✔ Can Have Great Bulk Deals
✔ Have Great Deals At Local Farmers Markets
Weigh your options(figuratively and literally) to help decide how much of each kind to shop and the best spots to find deals.
Less Processed, More Natural
Let’s chat about quality over quantity.
You’re always going to find deals on the “boxed items” in the middle of the store. Processed foods last longer and are cheaper to make.
The thing is — they aren’t satiating like whole foods are.
According to WebMD “Highly processed foods have little nutrition and dump too much sugar into your blood at once. Your body stores the extra as fat and leaves you hungry for more. Lean protein, unsaturated fats, and carbs with more fiber and nutrition take longer to digest, satisfy your hunger, and provide a steady stream of energy.”
Healthy foods will fill you up, save you from constant snacking, and keep pennies in your pocket.
At Home Meals and Leftovers
I get it — we’re all busy. It can be a struggle to cook at home. The thing is, you’re going to eat better AND save dollars if you break out the crock pot.
A few tips when it comes to home cooked meals…
➤ Don’t Over-Complicate It
➤ Cook In Batches (and freeze for later!)
➤ Plan One Day For Leftovers
➤ Utilize Gadgets (air fryers are lifesavers)
➤ Cook As A Family
➤ Cut Down The Meat And Up The Veggies
➤ Use The Fresh Stuff First (don’t let your money go in the trash)
I promise that once you get in a pattern of eating at home, you will savor the delicious food you have planned for the week.
Get In The Game
You have the power to harvest some of your own food as well.
It’s rewarding AND saves you a lot of money in the long run. Not to mention organic options right at your fingertips.
It doesn’t matter if you have lots of land or no yard at all. There are wonderful ways to grow food no matter what kind of space you are in.
✔ Plan Things Out
✔ Weigh Your Options
✔ Scope Out Deals
✔ Stick To The Healthy Stuff
✔ Be A Smart Chef
You CAN eat healthy and save money at the same time.
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